Cain charges some in black community of racism
October 11th, 2011
05:51 PM ET
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Cain charges some in black community of racism

(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday that many liberal Democrats in the black community are "racist" for questioning his political ambitions as a black conservative Republican.

"A lot of these liberal, leftist folk in this country, that are black, they're more racist than the white people that they're claiming to be racist," Cain said Tuesday in a radio interview on the conservative Neal Boortz talk show.

Boortz interrupted Cain, saying he prefers the word "bigoted" to "racist."

"Ok, bigoted," Cain said. "How dare Herman Cain, first, run as a Republican? How dare Herman Cain be conservative? And how dare he move up in the polls, so that he just might challenge our beloved Obama? That's the problem they have."

Cain's comments came just hours before a New Hampshire debate, where Cain, who's surged to top tier status in the presidential race, is expected to take the heat from other candidates now that he's assumed front-runner status.

In the interview Tuesday, he also said that in a hypothetical matchup between he and President Barack Obama, there would "almost be no contest" and argued that he could talk about issues more in depth than Obama.

"He's never been part of the black experience in America," Cain said. "I can talk about that. I can talk about what it really meant to be 'po' before I was poor."

The Republican candidate came under fire recently for saying African Americans are generally on a level playing field with other Americans and sometimes use racism as an excuse for being poor.

"They weren't held back because of racism," Cain told CNN's "State of the Union" anchor Candy Crowley. "People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve."

His comments kicked off a wave of responses from high-profile African American leaders, who argue Cain is out of touch with reality.

"There are disparities in this country in every [socioeconomic] factor that we follow. In every aspect of our human endeavors in this country there is a racial disparity element that's a part of it. It's almost silly to respond to [Cain] because the evidence is so overwhelming," PBS host Tavis Smiley said in the interview with CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux on Monday.

- CNN's Diana Ozemebhoya contributed to this report.

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soundoff (614 Responses)
  1. kate

    Cain, please, oh please get the Republican nomination. We all need a little hilarity these days.

    October 11, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Sam I Am

    This guy is a very straight talker. I am a little left of center, but this is the first conservative candidate I've seen in a long time that could pull me to the right. Speaking of racism, wouldn't it be hilarious if two black men were running for president? There's a large contingent of people who would have no idea what to do next. With any luck they'd pack up and head out. hahaha....

    October 11, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. AmFem

    Does anyone else get this weird out-of-body, and surreal feeling when you read or hear about these GOP candidates? This can't be happening, right? Somebody, please, for the love of Pete, tell me this is a joke! Not a funny one, but a joke, right?

    October 11, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Danny Spencer

    Cain well be known to all in politics as the person who never was.

    October 11, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. JoeSeattle

    Only a liberal would conclude disparity automatically equates to racism. I suppose we are to believe that racism is why African Americans have so much representation in the NBA? Equally applied law is the best we can hope for – enforced equality of outcome is fascism.

    And if someone doesn't like you for whatever reason, that's their perogative. It's called having a free country. Don't like them back and get over it. Find someone who does like you. Make your own opportunities or accept the fact that you're not someone capable of so doing. But realize there are plenty of people out there who are, and they aren't that sympathetic to whiners.

    October 11, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. J-NW

    Good grief, Cain. Apparently your eyes are wide shut when it comes to GOP's prime directive.. making it easier for the wealthy to rape and pillage and keep the havenots under thumb (war profiteering, exploitation of third world countries, etc). You're undoubtedly a savvy businessman, but you need to take some courses in American history. Otherwise, you're just another baffoon like Donald Trump. Making bucks doesn't make you smart.

    October 11, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Mark

    He's right, some people are afraid of achieving something so they use the race card.

    October 11, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Luke Brown

    Go get 'em, Herman! Those black folks are just a bunch of brainwashed racists! Of course, its there fault that they are poor and black.

    Us rich white people need you to get in there and CUT OUR DAM TAXES and make those poor people pay their fair share.

    October 11, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. JoJola

    He's living proof racism still exsist. He is using the race card to expand his poll numbers. How else would he get one southern white vote if he did not pander to their belief that blacks are lazy and don't want to work. Every time this clown opens his mouth and bashes the black race, he steps on all blacks who made it possible for him to be where his is today. No matter what this jerk believes, if it had not be for the Civil Rights Movement, he wouldn't be saying such idiotic remarks. Shame on you, Cain for slaying your brother Abel.

    October 11, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. JW

    He kind of makes a point here maybe. Maybe he is saying that the victim mentality can be overcome, by those with that mentality.

    October 11, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. GatorNuts

    Cain seems like a nice guy. If I were him I would avoid the race issue. I know the media will try to shove it down his throat but he should try his best to avoid it.

    October 11, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. God Bless American and Herman Cain

    I hope Cain wins the nomination, then blacks who vote for Obama will be shown to be racist since they didn't vote for a 100% black man but did vote for a 50% white man.

    October 11, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. james Miller

    Is this guy paranoid?????? Everyone is out to get him !!!!!

    October 11, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Joeanne

    As a black hispanic (2nd generation), I had a hispanic mother who spoke little english (legally here btw) and an African American Father who had an eighth grade education. Because we had love, rules, discipline and responsibility in our home, my sister and I have achieved much success here in the United States, without aid from the government. Thank you Mr. Cain for making me a proud black-hispanic woman.

    October 11, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Root and stem

    How dare he flee the plantation.

    October 11, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. duckbutter

    thank you for being honest... no wonder your pole no. are up.... blacks vote color not character ,,, always.. now some will eat there own...

    October 11, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. GGinBham

    Cain is right. I'm glad to see someone within the black community who gets it. Most of the impediments to black achievement are self-induced.

    October 11, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Michael

    Cain – stick to your economic talking points and earn some credibility. By going on REAL racist shows, such as Boortz (you need to actually listen to his shows to understand his mentality), you are just alienating your own base. Poor strategy. Don't dig your own political grave!

    October 11, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. JWR

    News Flash!!! Herman Cain doesn't even believe himself. He just wants to sell books.

    October 11, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. The Pot Calling the Kettle

    Mr. Cain is proving that African American republican candidates can be just as disgusting, hypocritical, and ignorant as the white republican candidates.

    October 11, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. 7TX

    This entire blog posting is abut nothing except Cain being focused on race. This election is about issues and not whether he is in-touch with his blackness. Either talk about the economy, the war, jobs, healthcare, and taxes or get out of the way.

    October 11, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. disco_fever

    Someone in the spotlight needed to say it. Kind of glad it was him.

    October 11, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. db

    Wave of responses from high-profile African American leaders, who argue Cain is out of touch with reality, I wonder who is more out of touch with the African American Community, those that propetuate being poor and on welfare or a man who can show the African American Commuity how to walk out of the poor and welfare status into a proud and successful citizen who contributes to society rather than depending on it for a handout. What are the supposed high-profile African American leaders objectives, keep the depressed and poor so that they can continue to represent them as such and give themselves importance and keep them in the lime light as saviors or is it to help get those out of the situation they are in. I believe Herman Cain has the right attitude and answers to success.

    October 11, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. screech

    On another site a blogger stated that "Mormons believe black people bear the mark of Cain and so should be shunned".... I am wondering if they are refering to Herman Cain (lol), because if they are going to shun him he should just drop out of the race now and not waste anymore time.

    October 11, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. lsgyrl

    He's delusional. I'm sure Black people don't think about him as much as he thinks they do.

    October 11, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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